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Tibet-Butler Preserve offers numerous educational programs to teach children and adults about our environment.
Tibet-Butler Preserve
Tibet-Butler Preserve
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Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Office Hours Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., closed Sunday
Phone Number: (407) 254-1940
8777 Winter Garden - Vineland Rd.
Orlando, FL 32836
Acreage: 438
Points of Interest:
Tibet-Butler Preserve will be CLOSED on Monday, February 24, for road maintenance.

Home of the Vera Carter Environmental Center which provides a variety of exhibits and displays. Hike on miles of trails and participate in ongoing environmental programs. No dogs or bicycles allowed.

With the exception of service animals, no pets are permitted in Tibet-Butler Preserve.

Trailblazers Update

  • Palmetto Passage is CLOSED.
  • All other trails are open but flooded; water-proof boots are recommended.
  • Trailblazer Hiking Program: hike 20 miles in the Preserve and get a free T-shirt! Register at the Preserve's Education office each time you visit.
Programs and Activities
  • Bird Checklist
  • Eco Education programs are offered for field trips, related to Florida plants, wildlife and conservation. Advanced scheduling and a minimum of 10 paid participants is required. For more information call 407-254-1940 or email
  • EcoSaturdays are the perfect opportunity for a family outing to learn about the environment! Please note that adults must supervise their children through the duration of the class. Join us for these free programs at 11 a.m. on the following dates; classes are first come, first served up to class limit; seating is limited so please arrive early. Registration is not required.
    • February 22: Scientific Sleuth -- Be a scientist for a day! In this exciting class, you will learn and use the scientific method to conduct your own scientific experiment. Suitable for ages 7 and older and limited to 30 participants.
    • February 29: Lost in Pace -- Discover the basics of using a compass to find your way through a compass course! Learn why compasses are so important and how math plays a role in using this simple piece of equipment. Suitable for ages 7 and older and limited to 30 participants.
    • March 21: Underwater Archaeology, presented by the Florida Public Archeology Network -- Learn about underwater archaeology by investigating one of Florida’s shipwreck sites! A guest speaker will discuss how underwater sites form and the excavation processes needed to do archaeology on them. Kids get to try underwater archaeology by excavating the Maple Leaf, a Civil War era shipwreck. Suitable for ages 7 and older and limited to 25 participants.
    • March 28: Stroke of Genius -- Take a journey through your imagination as you transform a nature story into a watercolor painting. Painting takes place outdoors, with the sights, sounds and odors of the natural world available for your inspiration. Suitable for ages 7 and older and limited to 30 participants.
  • Nature Nuts: Homeschool family programs offered the first two Tuesdays of the month, starting at 11am. Cost $2 per person. Pre-registration is required; to register or for more information, call 407-254-1940 or email

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Contact Us

Orange County Parks and Recreation
4801 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808

Phone: (407) 836-6200
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